Feb 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Women & Gender Studies, Minor

Sponsoring departments: American Studies; English; Psychology; Sociology

Director: Jacqueline Emery, English Department

Women and Gender Studies is a multidisciplinary field that examines the creation, reconstruction, and perpetuation of asymmetrical sex and gender systems, as well as their connections to other systems of power and inequality. It explores the ways in which gender intersects with women’s and men’s personal identities, health and well-being, social and cultural arrangements, economic and political systems, and our ways of knowing and understanding the world.

The minor examines how ideologies of sex and gender have influenced and been influenced by culture and society; literature and the arts; law and public policy; and health, science, and technology. It closes gaps in traditional higher education resulting from the exclusion of women and other marginalized groups from many fields of study.

This program of study empowers students through a feminist critique of social, cultural, and institutional structures that enables them to think more critically about their own lives and that inspires them to work as active citizens for social justice. The knowledge and skills attained from the Women and Gender Studies minor are valuable in such fields as education, social work, art, literature, business and human resources, scientific research and the health professions, law and public policy, media production, nonprofit advocacy, psychology, and information technology.


B. Three Electives

(selected from at least two of the following three groups)

C. WS4900, Internship in Women and Gender Studies OR WS9990 Independent Study (or one additional elective from the lists above)

Prerequisite: WS 1000 Introduction to Women’s Studies /AS 1512 Introduction to Women’s Studies  or equivalent course.
Internships include work in the Women’s Center, or an internship at a local agency or organization working on issues of gender justice, gender awareness, LGBTQ awareness, etc. With approval from the Women’s Center’s Academic Director, students may substitute an appropriate internship in the following departments: AS 4202 Internship in Government and Community , EL 4100 English Internship , HP3995 Career Internship;IR 5900 Senior Project/Internship in Industrial and Labor Relations , PE 5990 Internship , PH 4900 Public Health Field Placement , PY3130 Internship in Applied Psychology, PY 4130 Field Experience and Research , SY 4270 Internship in Social Work, Sociology and Criminology , VA 4900 Internship . With approval from the Women’s Center Academic Director, students may substitute an appropriate independent study in the same departments.